What are the differences between applying online and on paper?
For some programs, you can apply either online or on paper.
|Applying on paper||Applying online|
|Getting started||All applications have an application package and guide to help you with your application.||You need an online account to submit your application. Create an account or sign in.|
|Documents and forms||Read the guide to know which forms and documents you need to submit.||We will ask you to upload documents and forms based on your application.|
|Paying fees||You pay your fees before you submit your application and send us the receipt.||You pay your fees in your account before you submit your application.|
|Submitting your application||The guide tells you where to submit your application||You submit your application online when your application is complete.|
|Processing timesTable footnote *||It starts once we receive your complete application at our mailroom. It doesn’t include the time it takes to mail your application||It starts once you submit your application.|
|Application status||How you check your application status depends on your application.||You can check your application status in your account.|
|If we need additional documents||We send instructions by mail or e-mail telling you where to send your documents.||We contact you through your account. You can upload additional documents in your account.|
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